Read the story of how the Canal & River Trust came to be
Work for us
We have vacancies across all of our waterways and in the offices, museums and attractions that support them. We're one of the UK's biggest charities and we take pride in everything we do
If you're thinking of getting in touch then please take a moment to look through these pages as we probably have the answer on our website
Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
Get your free guide
Download your free guide today and start exploring the waterway nature near you
Download your free guides
You've nine free days out guides to choose from - where will you go first?
Find a walk near you
Are you ready to ramble? Find a waterside stroll or a satisfying hike along our beautiful canals and rivers
Take a look at our upcoming events here.
Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
Something for everyone
Help us make a difference and have fun along the way. Find your perfect volunteer role today
Join our team
Could you join your local Towpath Taskforce team and help us to keep our canals looking lovely?
Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
Could you be a volunteer lock keeper?
Find out what's involved with this popular volunteering opportunity
Why we think canals are better with Friends
Become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust today and you’ll open yourself up to new experiences and endless opportunities.
We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Planning your visit
History & Heritage
Things to do or see
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Union Wharf, Leicester Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7UW
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Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Public toilets are available
The restored Union Wharf in Market Harborough is at the end of the Market Harborough arm of the Grand Union Canal. It's home to red-brick warehouses, most of which have been converted to trendy waterside apartments and arts and crafts workshops.
What was once a bustling industrial quarter is now a hub of creative activity and home to hireboats. A great place to sit and people-watch as they set off on their boating holidays. And don't forget to visit 'Frank the Plank' the human sundial - and teach the kids to tell the time in a very different way.
Places to eat:
The basin here provides some tranquil waterspace in the town. You'll get a chance to see waterfowl and sit back and reflect, if you would like to feed the ducks and swans remember to bring them healthy snacks and not bread, because bread is bad for them.
By car- LE16 7UW - There is a small paid car park and some on-street parking
By train - Market Harborough train station is 1.2 miles away, about 23 minutes walk
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Nine regions to choose from - over 120 fantastic places to visit